It was just another Saturday at the Raleigh flea market when Ashley Carter found an old silver ID bracelet at the bottom of a box. Time had turned it completely black, but she could tell there was something inscribed. "The guy selling it wiped a polishing cloth over the top, and there was the name Stella Lively," she remembers. "I told him right then that it was going to be the name of my next musical project."
After seven years, Carter's finally made Stella Lively come to life. "This project was initially about finally setting loose a ton of songs that looked like they were destined to stay buried on a dusty four-track forever," says Carter. "Last summer, I decided it was time to do something with them, give them a little polish, see what's really there." Calling on the assistance of multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Bartholomew, Carter quickly assembled a band and started realizing her sound—full-throttle rock with a storyteller's sensibility, pop melodies and plenty of attitude.
"I hope people have fun when they see us live. I hope they can tell we're having fun," says Carter. "I hope that my songs make them feel something." —Ashley Melzer